Draško Adžić

Composer in residence

Draško Adžić holds a PhD in composition which he obtained from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade under the supervision of academician Isidora Žebeljan. He currently works as associate professor of composition at the aforementioned Faculty.

His pieces have been performed in Serbia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Armenia, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia; at festivals such as: Month of Contemporary Music (Berlin), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), ISA PragWienBudapest, NOWA MUZYKA (Bydgoszcz), Music Biennale Zagreb, Bemus (Belgrade), International Review of Composers (Belgrade) and Bunt Festival (Belgrade).

The venues which presented his music include: Berghain (Berlin), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam), Salão Nobre da Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional (Lisbon), Narodowe Forum Muzyki (Wrocław), Koerner Hall (Ghent), Uilenburger Synagoge (Amsterdam), Bethaniënklooster (Amsterdam), Union Hall (Maribor), Mimara Museum (Zagreb), Lauba (Zagreb), Studio Bajsić HRT (Zagreb), Kolarac Concert Hall (Belgrade), Studio 6 (Belgrade) and Drugstore club (Belgrade).

Draško Adžić has received commissions from numerous orchestras and ensembles and thus cooperated with: the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra, No Borders Orchestra, Ensemble Metamorphosis, St. George Strings, the Cantus Ensemble, Trio Quo Vadis, Collegium musicum choir, FILUM ensemble and others. His choir piece Glas Gospodenj, written during his first year of bachelor studies, was published by Edition Ferrimontana (Frankfurt).

Draško Adžić is a prolific incidental music composer and has so far taken part in over 50 productions in Serbia, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, in theaters such as: Staatstheater Stuttgart, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Slovenian National Theatre Drama (Ljubljana), Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc (Rijeka), National Theatre Sarajevo, Chamber Theatre 55 (Sarajevo), Sarajevo War Theatre, the Montenegrin National Theatre (Podgorica), the National Theatre in Belgrade, the Belgrade Drama Theatre, Bitef Theatre, Atelje 212 (Belgrade), Boško Buha Theatre (Belgrade), Serbian National Theatre (Novi Sad), National Theatre Subotica, the Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre etc.

His theatre and film music was featured at the following festivals: Berlinale, Neue Stücke aus Europa (Wiesbaden), Raindance (London), Ulysses Theatre (Brijuni), Dubrovnik Summer Festival, MESS (Sarajevo), Fest (Belgrade), Bitef (Belgrade), Sterijino pozorje (Novi Sad) and Cinema City (Novi Sad). He was among the artists chosen to represent the Serbian national selection at the 13 th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, after which he was one of the students’ selection mentors for the 14 th Prague Quadrennial. He has received numerous awards for his incidental music and was a two-time winner of the Sterija award – in 2012 and 2020. In addition, he was one of the jury members at the 51 st Bitef Festival.

He has attended masterclasses given by Heiner Goebbels, Nigel Osborne and Luca Francesconi. Draško Adžić occasionally performs as a pianist, vocalist and conductor.

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